Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Simple Service Idea

Happy Tuesday, friends! 

I'm always on the lookout for easy but impactful service projects/ideas to do with my kids.  I've blogged MANY times about Cards for Hospitalized Kids because it's simple, time-effective, great for all ages and has led to several great perspective-changing conversations regarding empathy.  

We've also made a point to save and take our coloring pages and other craft projects from school to a local assisted living center - just because it doesn't make my "keep" pile doesn't mean that someone else can't find joy in receiving it.

This past weekend we were knee deep in leftover cake pops (boxes that weren't even touched!) and so the kids whipped up a few cards and we delivered them to a couple of our local fire stations.  We've talked with our kids before about how there are people in our city who have dangerous jobs to keep people safe and help people when they're hurt or in danger and they were excited to get to say thank you. 

We delivered the treats and cards and each time the firemen couldn't have been kinder.  They were so gracious and eager to show the kids around the fire station and answer all of their questions - it was a wonderful way to spend some time together.  The kids are already talking about doing this again and my goal is to do this once a week in the summer for the fire and police stations.  I'd love to hear any other simple service ideas you might have - feel free to leave them in the comments!

I snapped a few pics/videos while we were out and made a quick video :)  Happy Tuesday!!!

18 comments :

  1. This is such a wonderful idea! Well done, Andrea

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  2. Great job, mama! And look at all of those smiling faces!

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  3. I LOVE this!!! We have taken Christmas cookies in the winter and homemade jam with bread/biscuits in the summer to our police & fire
    We also make a point of treating the garbage and recycling workers to popsicles and cold water/iced tea and Gatorade in the summer!
    Always appreciated!
    I’m looking forward to hearing more ideas!!

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  4. What a fun idea! Question . . . did you call ahead to ask if you could drop off or did you just show up?

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  5. Such a sweet idea! I also just wanted to encourage you to not forget the EMS stations! As a parmedic wife, I know they tend to get left out and would appreciate it so much! :)

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  6. Love that you do this! My son always loved watching the trash man when he was little. We used to make zucchini bread with zucchini from the garden and would give a loaf to the trash man or recycle drivers. We also did it for the postman sometimes. I would have the kids run out with a cold bottled water on really hot days for the guys too.

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  7. We once had a dinner party with a TON of untouched food left over. We loaded it up that night and delivered it to the fire station up the street. They were OVER THE MOON about it! Thanks for reminding us that we need to do something like this again.

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  8. Love this idea...my cousins's son is actually a police office in McKinney!!!

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  9. Love this idea...my cousin's son is actually a police officer there in McKinney!

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  10. What a great idea! And.......hook me up with that firefighter! Cause YES!

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  11. My daughter's dance studio performs their Christmas and spring dances at a local nursing home. I'll have to gather up some of her "extra" artwork and bring it with when we go! :) We'll have to see if we can catch the garbage workers to hand out water - that's a great idea! I've seen others declare "random acts of kindness" weeks during the summer and try to do something each day for a week... pay for someone's meal, hand out Starbucks gift cards to police officers, leave a few coins taped to a gumball machine, etc.

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  12. These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with your readers. I'll have to try this with my niece and nephew.

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